Recently, I watched some punk from Boston named Rice get inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. It took him every single one of his 15 eligible years to finally get voted in. This makes me upset. Here’s why...
Let’s compare these two statistics. The first set is Jim Rice. The second set is a player who retired in 2000 who has not even come up in the discussion. He too was one of the most feared hitters in his decade. And like Rice, he had a tumultuous relationship with the media. Let’s compare.
Rice: 16 Seasons, 2089 Games, 1249 Runs, 382 HR, 1451 RBI, .298 AVG, 670 BB, .502 SLG, .854 OPS
Player B: 12 Seasons, 1539 Games, 974 Runs, 381 HR, 1239 RBI, .295 AVG, 683 BB, .564 SLG, .933 OPS
Jim Rice was an eight-time All Star and has an MVP award. Albert Belle only went to five All-Star games, but he was as good a hitter as any during the 90’s. His career OPS is almost 80 points higher than Rice’s, and he drew 13 more walks in 550 fewer games. If he wasn’t such a media heel, we’d be talking about this guy right now like they talk about Rice.
Albert Belle for Hall of Fame!